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Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the eternal consort of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Five thousand years ago, when Lord Kṛṣṇa came to this planet to perform His pastimes, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī also appeared. This year her appearance day is on September 21. This special day is known as Rādhāṣṭamī. The following is adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Varṣāṇā Swami:
“On a half-moon night in the month of Bhādra, King Vṛṣabhānu came to the Yamunā to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura, the golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl standing on its whorl. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kīrtidā was delighted. She was also shocked that the girl was blind.
“Lord Kṛṣṇa’s mother, Yaśodā, heard that her best friend Kīrtidā had a baby, so she came to visit along with her husband and her son. Kṛṣṇa crawled up to the cradle and pulled Himself up and looked in. At that moment, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s eyes fluttered and opened wide and blossomed like lotuses. It seems that she did not want to see anything of this world, only the form of Sri Kṛṣṇa. Everyone was delighted.
“Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the mother of the universe, the spiritual mother of all souls. And the concept of mother is the most sacred symbol—that of purity, selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love. That is why our sacred mantra is the holy names. It is the holy names in the vocative. Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare / Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.
“‘Hare’ means ‘Rādhe.’ It is a plaintive, desperate cry for the mother. ‘Rādhe! Please wake us up from this nightmare of mortal life! Remind us of the father we have forgotten and take us home!’”
In the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees carefully worship Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī as the bestower of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa, by attentively chanting her name in the mahā-mantra, by worshiping her deity form, and by following the instructions of the most merciful Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is the combined form of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.
“(Therefore) Rādhā is parama-devatā, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe.” — Caitanya Caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.89
Below, ISKCON Amsterdam offers you an extra on the topic Rādhāṣṭamī by a ‘high-taste-lecture’ by Śrīpād Aindra Prabhu